The Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon | Small Group Day Tour of the Famous Sites

The Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon | Small Group Day Tour of the Famous Sites
Enjoy a silica mud mask while bathing in the restorative Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
Snap a photo of the geyser Strokkur erupting while in the geothermal valley of Haukadalur.
The geothermal landscapes of Iceland come in all different shapes and colours.
The geothermal valley Haukadalur in Iceland is dotted with bubbling mud pools in a rhyolitic landscape.
The eruptions of Strokkur the geyser in Iceland sometimes reach 40 metres in height.
The grand waterfall Gullfoss was once supposed to be harnessed for its powers but the Icelandic people thankfully stopped the plans in their tracks.
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Discover the pure power of Mother Earth as you explore areas of untouched nature, tectonic shifts and geothermal activity in this tour of Iceland’s most popular attractions. This tour is essential for the country's visitors as it includes Iceland’s best-known natural phenomena; Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park and the world famous Blue Lagoon. 

The geothermal area of Haukadalur valley is the home of the Geysir hot spring. Although Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features other spectacular hot springs, such as Strokkur. Bring a camera because Strokkur hot spring spouts columns of water 15-20 metres up in the air every 10 minutes or so, giving you numerous opportunities to take great photos. 

Geysir area is one part of the Golden Circle, a trio of scenic areas in southern Iceland which include Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir national park. On your tour of the south, you will also visit a volcanic crater called Kerið.

The second part of the Golden Circle is the incredible waterfall, Gullfoss. The waterfall is located in the canyon of the river Hvítá which runs from the glacier Langjökull. Gullfoss waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful as it cascades in two steps down into a 32-metre crevice. If the conditions allow, you'll be able to stand close enough to feel the water spraying gently on your face.

Þingvellir national park is not only an incredibly beautiful area, it is also historically significant and geographically unique. The national park is where the Vikings founded Iceland’s parliament, Alþingi, in the year 930, the oldest still working parliament in the world. Þingvellir is also a place where the continental drift between two tectonic plates is happening. You can clearly see evidence of this in the cracks and gorges in the region. 

Last on your tour before you head your way west again is Kerið, a volcanic crater with a lake in the middle. At approximately 6500 years old, Kerið is more than 55 metres deep, 170 metres wide and 270 metres across. Kerið is comprised of red volcanic rocks, green moss grows on its sides, and the lake in the middle is filled with minerals which give the water a vivid aquamarine colour. This offers a great contrast of colours and a highly impressive scenery.

You will end the day at the Blue Lagoon, arriving there in the early afternoon for a relaxing time in the amazing hot geothermal waters. You will spend 2 hours in total at the Blue Lagoon before heading back to Reykjavík, just remember to book your voucher beforehand.  

Bring a camera, pack your swimsuit and don’t miss out on seeing the pearls of Iceland on this day tour of the most famous sites. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 5 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Hveragerði, Kerið
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Pickup takes place between 08:30 - 09:00 - so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • English guide

  • Pickup & drop-off in Reykjavík

  • Entrance to the Kerið Crater

  • Entrance to the Blue lagoon

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Swimsuit

  • Camera

Good to know:

You will need to reserve the Blue Lagoon in advance on the Blue Lagoon website. The tour reaches the Lagoon just before 17:00 and departs from there at 19:00.

If tickets to the Blue Lagoon are not available on their website, please let your tour provider know as soon as possible, no later than 48 hours before your tour departure, as they can in many cases supply standard tickets to the Blue Lagoon.

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In Iceland, you must see these sights and we really enjoyed this trip. Plenty of time to see all the highlights and what an end to the day. We were lucky enough to see Northern Lights on the way back to Reykjavik.
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Nice tour as there were not many tours which could also include the Blue Lagoon, a famous spot in the country. The time arrangement is great. We had 2-hour in the Lagoon, arriving back at the city at about 20:00. The drive and guide were nice, though the car was a bit packed with full customers.
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Our guide was Christina from Nice Travel. She’s helpful, friendly & a good driver.
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Our tour guide (Christina Pavlou) was awesome...very knowledgeable (not just about the Golden Circle hotspots but also different points along the way), and funny! She also had helpful recommendations for us for local food and hiking. This is the best tour if you want to see the Reykjavik area's "Big Five": the three sights of the Golden Circle, plus Kerid Volcano and the Blue Lagoon. All were worth seeing -- even the Lagoon, I thought, although it's quite expensive (almost $100 USD) and requires a separate ticket.
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Our guide Robert was amazing. He was energetic and super well informed. We had lovely weather and that of course makes evertything more pleasant. I beleive the tour had just the right amount of stops and the timing at each location was perfect. We were the last stop picked up and unfortunately our family of 4 was spread out throughout the bus.
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This tour was absolutely fabulous! The pick-up was flawless, the group small and lovely, and our guide very funny and informative. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed the breath-taking sights.
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Everything was great! Once you understand that the tour basically brings you to places and then you explore on your own, it's great fun. We went to all of the areas noted in the description and everything went smoothly! Our guide was great! Pickups and dropoffs were easy.
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An excellent tour with a very helpful, friendly and informative guide. The blue lagoon was a great ending to the day, such an amazing experience
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Our tour guide and driver, Roman, was excellent. He really looked after everyone in the tour and it was fun to travel with him as he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
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The tour guide was very friendly, punctual, and he actually took us to a bonus waterfall! I think the choice of locations was a perfect tour for a full day. I also think the timing of the tour was almost perfect. We had just enough time to take in each site before moving on. I think the only one that might be better with an extra hour or so would be Blue Lagoon. I also need to give the guide credit, because he had to drive us to our last site (Blue Lagoon), and then home, in severe wind conditions and the bus was getting blown pretty badly across the road at points. It must have been very stressful! I almost wonder if we should have not gone to the last stop due to the winds, which actually grounded planes (all IcelandAir flights were cancelled for two days because of it). The Blue Lagoon was a crazy experience in the wind. It was like a tide pool! But overall it was wonderful anyway. I don't blame the guide for the weather, just a good heads up that tourists should also check the weather so they can be prepared and ask questions or make decisions about the tour .... It is Iceland, after all!
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